Jesper Brodin, Chief Executive Officer of Ingka Group, and Jean Oelwang, Founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite, will join The B Team’s collective of global business and civil society leaders on the quest to create new norms of corporate leadership.
The B Team is a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
“We are pleased to be welcoming two new leaders to The B Team,” says Paul Polman, CEO (2009-2018) of Unilever and Chair of The B Team, in a statement on February, 11. “Both Mr. Brodin and Ms. Oelwang’s purpose-driven approach to leadership has helped the practice of stakeholder governance gain hold in the private sector. We look forward to working with them to continue to push radical collaboration in every sector.”
Brodin’s career with IKEA spans over 20 years, and he stepped into his current role in September 2017.
“It’s great to be a part of group of action leaders, I joined The B Team to spark real change as we need to take a positive, proactive and collaborative approach to turn the climate challenge into scalable solutions–together. We have a decade to prevent irreversible damage from climate change to the home we all share, the planet and the time for talk is over. We will act, now because it’s good business to be a good business,” says Brodin.
Brodin and Oelwang join The B Team at a crucial time for the organisation’s mission. With calls for an inclusive global economy growing louder, their appointments cement the need for radical collaboration among business, civil society and more to make this vision a reality.
“Mr. Brodin and Ms. Oelwang are inspiring examples of the partnership and holistic leadership this ‘decade of delivery’ requires. Whether it’s the climate crisis or the crisis of inequality, they’ve both helped build the cross-sector coalitions needed for a future that serves all,” B Team CEO Halla Tómasdóttir said, “We’re thrilled to welcome them to The B Team and work together to push for radical collaboration in every sector.”
The complete press release by The B Team is here.
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